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Aug 16

Auditions Now Open for Willy Wonka Play at Downing-Gross

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM by Communications Department

Interested in performing in the presentation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, the timeless story of the world famous candy man on his quest to find an heir? Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is holding auditions for the amateur community performance August 22-24 and September 6-7. All ages are welcome to audition for the main cast and ensemble of Oompa Loompas, candy kids, and squirrels. Those registered to audition must sing “Pure Imagination” and perform a short monologue provided at registration.

Willy Wonka hits the Ella Fitzgerald stage February 7 through 23 with evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and a matinee on Saturdays. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). Music and lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. To schedule an audition, call 757-247-8950. Visit for more information.

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